Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Pages: 236 (Hardcover)
Release Date: January 2, 2012
Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?
Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A.
Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it.
The first, maybe, half of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight reads like one of those movies where you just watch the main character in one location for almost the entire time, such as "Phonebooth" or "Castaway." This is good if you like things like that, like me. It's probably bad if you need changes in scenery to hold your attention. We follow Hadley around as she waits for her flight and as she's on board with the vague and mysterious, Oliver. I actually really really really liked Oliver. He's adorable and witty, and just super loveable. I was sad when he disappeared for a good chunk of this short book.
Wait, the love interest disappears? Yes, he does, and the story focuses more on Hadley and her dad's relationship. She's angry with him for leaving and marrying someone else, but as the longest day of her life progresses, they come back together. I'd say this book definitely contained two separate love stories, and both were very sweet. I just wanted more Oliver and his wacky anecdotes and made up facts!
I don't really have much to say about this one. It was short, quick, fun, cute and sweet. I normally prefer first person narratives, but I think the third person worked really well for this one. It had this observer quality to it which I really enjoyed, and I hope you do, too!